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Kim & Kanye

TSA Investigating

JFK Security Breach [Update]

2/13/2013 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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2:00 PM PT -- 
A rep for American Airlines tells TMZ ... the company is taking responsibility for the incident, explaining, "This was a lapse in judgment by one of our employees."

AA adds, "We’re working closely with the TSA and speaking to the individuals involved to better understand what happened."

But the airline says the 50-minute delay wasn't ENTIRELY due to the Kimye incident ... saying, "It was delayed in part ... because a number of connecting bags were delayed getting to the aircraft."

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Kim Kardashian
and Kanye West are at the center of a TSA investigation following a major security violation at JFK yesterday ... but the TSA tells TMZ Kimye is NOT to blame.

We've learned ... K&K had taken a flight from Brazil to JFK on Tuesday, where the plan was to catch a connecting flight to Los Angeles. 

But once they landed in NY, the couple met up with an airline greeter ... who, according to the TSA, allowed them to bypass a key security checkpoint to get them to their next flight as quickly as possible.

After Kim and Kanye took their seats on the L.A.-bound plane ... a TSA agent yanked them off the flight ... and made K&K go through another layer of security.

We're told the plane was delayed for roughly an hour while the couple was screened by TSA agents.

Now, the TSA tells us it wasn't Kim and Kanye's fault ...explaining, "An airline employee escorted the two travelers through a non-public area in order to provide expedited access to their domestic flight."

"In doing so, the airline employee violated security protocols by permitting the travelers to by-pass the TSA security checkpoint. TSA officials learned of the violation and conducted a private screening of the two passengers in the area of the jetway."

"The passengers were cleared to board their flight, which departed after a delay of approximately 50 minutes. TSA is actively investigating the incident."

The couple ultimately touched down in L.A. ... where they were greeted by a gaggle of paparazzi ... but seemed incredibly calm considering all they had been through.

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106.

Cecilia     

Please no one try and tell me that Kanye

554 days ago
107.

Jeff    

Another case of special treatment for so-called celebrities and privileged people. Good for TSA for treating them like everyone else and making them go through the security properly.

Two no talent,self absorbed nitiwts being made into celebrities by the media.

554 days ago
108.

Cecilia     

Sorry, TMZ keeps cutting odd my comments. Please don't try and tells that these two didn't know they were bypassing checkpoints and being given special treatment thus do not share any blame. They are adults who have flown before and know the rules and what is required and absolutely knew they were getting around them.

554 days ago
109.

kitnplayn    

After all they had been through? Oh, bite me.

554 days ago
110.

Joan K    

And now we have another reason why 99% of the public cannot stand these idiots.They make it very easy to be disliked ALOT.

554 days ago
111.

TJ    

There has been no actual proof that she is even pregnant. Allegedly, it has been said that they have a surrogate in France. First she "was due" in June, then it was July, now it is "late July". No trips to the OBGYN
either. She does not behave like an expectant mother, that's for sure.

554 days ago
112.

sophiastormy    

All they have been thru??? How about the real people who work for a living and had to wait..

554 days ago
113.

shelly    

Since when does any airline wait 50 minutes for luggage from another flight. Get real American Airlines.

554 days ago
114.

jensen    

How is American going to "make it up" to the 250 passengers they inconvenienced because they decided not to ruffle the feathers of two spoiled celebs.
BAD PR for American too...knowing they kiss celeb butt, I will never fly them again. It would have been far better PR for American if they honored their bread and butter clientele..the average joe and jane!

554 days ago
115.

Mimi    

"[they] seemed incredibly calm considering all they had been through."

What about all the other passengers... all normal passengers... have to go through when we fly? These idiot celebrities put all the other passengers through a lot, long wait, hassle, angst... why? They're not important, they're nothing but entertainers and they need to go through security like everyone else, and if they caused problems, they need to be fined.

554 days ago
116.

jensen    

RUBIO lied big time with more republican BS and that's part of why he was so uncomfortable BOdy Language experts will confirm that touching and hiding his mouth, sweating like a piggy and stumbling all over the place..shows he is another romney...and it should do him in. It was more than nervous, did not make him likeale or relatable...I have done public speaking for years and when you truly believe in what you say you don't lose it like that. stop trying to rewrite the disaster that rubio is.

554 days ago
117.

Mondo    

So the AA flight was delayed due to Kanye and Kim not going through the proper security measures. Instead of delaying the flight for an hour with 250 people sitting in a plane waiting, why not put them on a later flight. Go figure, here you have 250 people who's family is waiting at the Airport for there family to arrive. While Kanye and Kim have a private driver waiting . American Airline blew this one big time. This is why people dislike celebrity privileges. Everyone must suffer so these people can be accommodated. Thats just wrong...

554 days ago
118.

Areader    

Are not to blame...who the f*ck writes your copy TMZ!

554 days ago
119.

letsbreal    

What an idiot now he's going to lose his minimum wage job for these rich ass holes....

554 days ago
120.

daringsugar    

That person should be fired if they are stupid enough to put their job on the line for any well known person, or any other for that matter. Not to mention risking the safety of others.

554 days ago
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